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Torcello Island, Venice

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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Plan to visit Torcello Island during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice tourist route planner.
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  • Mural, Burano, and Torcello Islands were so wonderful! Burano was my favorite, as there are so many tiny shops with beautiful lace. Torcello has amazing old churches that are incredible in the inside....  more »
  • With Murano and the wonderful colourful village of Burano, this will make you a good afternoon of stroll! This island surprises when we get... almost desert, a fairly long way to go (I mean when it's very hot...), let's say 1/4 hour walk and no shade, and then... surprise! Various religious buildings including the remarkable Cathedral Santa Maria (you will have to pay a few euros for the visit but don't miss out!) where gorgeous and amazing mosaics leaves us speechless! Byzantine art, a Roman sarcophagus, etc. to see if your cultural sensitivity goes in this direction. Beware you the toyrs organized because little time on this island (about 25 minutes of matches a - r to the vaporetto) so just you that a small 1/2 h for all to see... maybe wait for the vaporetto to return if possible!
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  • We only stayed an hour to coincide with the return vaporetto but it is enough time to see the church and have a wander, would stay longer for a meal next time as the restaurants looked lovely.  more »

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